Shop for a Cause with Sassy Fox
On May 24, Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment is hosting Shop for a Cause, which will benefit the Spondylitis Association of America (SAA). From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., 10 percent of the day’s sales will be donated to SAA.
Last year, the store’s owner was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (pronounced ank-kih-low-sing spon-dill-eye-tiss), or A.S., which is a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine, although other joints can become involved. It causes inflammation of the spinal joints (vertebrae) that can lead to severe, chronic pain and discomfort.
In more advanced cases, this inflammation can lead to ankylosis – new bone formation in the spine – causing sections of the spine to fuse in a fixed, immobile position. A.S. can also cause inflammation, pain and stiffness in other areas of the body such as the shoulders, hips, ribs, heels and small joints of the hands and feet. Sometimes the eyes can become involved (known as iritis or uveitis), and – rarely – the lungs and heart can be affected.
Sassy Fox is raising money for the SAA to help with awareness and research. For more information about this disease, visit www.spondylitis.org.
My personal AS story by Jessica Moreland, owner of Sassy Fox:
I am 40 years old. I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis in spring of 2017. My symptoms began with multiple attacks of uveitis, an inflammation in the iris of the eye. My eye doctor sent me to a specialist that tested me for the HLA B27 gene for which I was positive. He told me about A.S. and told me if I had back or joint issues, I needed to talk to my primary care doctor about it. I had experienced a stiff neck for about a year at that point, but had attributed it to after-effects of a shoulder injury. I began to have a lot of lower back discomfort and stiffness in 2016. I thought it was just “getting older,” so of course I ignored it. The pain and stiffness continued.
In early 2017, my back went out and I was sidelined. Then, I began to have pain and swelling in my knee and pain in my hips and sacroiliac constantly. I realized I needed to come clean to my doctor and admit that something wasn’t right. I’m one of those people that pushes through and never wants to admit that I’m hurting or having trouble. My primary care doctor was wonderful and sent me immediately for blood work and x-rays. When she called the next day, I knew it wasn’t a good sign. She told me the bloodwork wasn’t back yet, but my x-rays had shown changes consistent with ankylosing spondylitis and she was referring me to a rheumatologist.
I cried in my car for an hour. Three weeks later, I had my first appointment. My new rheumatologist told me that he knew just from the x-rays and inflammation levels that showed in my bloodwork that I was a textbook case. He explained the disease in depth and informed me of my options. They also referred me to the SAA website and I became a member. SAA helped me find resources and information and to begin my journey. I began treatment with Remicade in July. It has given me my life back. This was a very hard decision to make as I am a diehard natural remedy advocate.
I am very proactive with my health now. I do yoga daily and work out at the gym six days per week. I juice weekly and eat a healthy vegetarian diet. I own Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment in Louisville. I am lucky enough to have been with my significant other and best friend for 19 years and have raised my beautiful stepdaughter since she was four. This disease is a challenge and I struggle more than I would like to admit. I want to do this fundraiser and tell my story in hopes that it will raise awareness for this disease and hopefully move us closer to finding a cure.
Shop for a Cause at sassy fox
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 24
150 Chenoweth Lane
New Churchill Downs Store Opens
Kentucky Derby Museum manages and operates the new Churchill Downs store, located in the former Gate 17 entrance of the racetrack. It more than doubles the previous retail location at the track with more than 7,000 square feet of beautiful shopping space.
It features officially licensed Kentucky Derby merchandise, hats, fascinators and more including Darren K. Moore jewelry. The store also offers a variety of convenience items guests may need during a day at the races, including flip flops and rain gear. The store’s official grand opening was held April 28 on Opening Night. It is open whenever live racing is underway at Churchill Downs. The museum also operates its own retail store within the museum and is open whenever the museum is open, seven days a week.
You can also visit DerbyMuseumStore.com to get an idea of the merchandise and purchase for home delivery.
Girls Night Out Hosted at Drybar
On April 18, three local favorites came together for a night of primping and fun. Drybar co-hosted the event with Kendra Scott, which recently celebrated its grand opening at Oxmoor Center, and Clique Boutique, which recently celebrated the opening of its second location at Holiday Manor Center. Clients and friends received discounts on blowouts from Drybar, complimentary brow service by Clique and a free gift from Kendra Scott.